Norwegian skier Ragnhild Mowinckel kept her focus to win a wind-affected World Cup downhill after a series of crashes and delays marked the race Saturday in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
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Winner Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway, middle, is flanked by American Jacqueline Wiles, left, and Italy’s Sofia Goggia on the podium following Saturday’s downhill in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. (Alessandro Trovati/The Associated Press)Norwegian skier Ragnhild Mowinckel kept her focus to win a wind-affected World Cup downhill after a series of crashes and delays marked the race Saturday in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
Racing on the course that will be used for the Milan-Cortina Olympics in two years, Mowinckel finished 0.35 seconds ahead of American racer Jacqueline Wiles in one minute 33.50 seconds and 44-100ths ahead of home favourite Sofia Goggia (1:33.94).
It was Mowinckel’s fourth career World Cup victory and her first since winning a super-G in Cortina a year ago. Mowinckel also won silver medals in downhill and giant slalom at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea before missing the entire 2019-20 season because of a serious knee injury.
Wiles earned her third career podium result and first since finishing third in the Cortina downhill six years ago, a race won by her idol and now good friend Lindsey Vonn. A week after that 2018 result, Wiles crashed in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, and missed two full seasons with serious leg injuries.
Goggia also finished third Friday in the first of two downhills on the Olympia delle Tofane course. Valérie Grenier of St. Isidore, Ont., was the lone Canadian in Saturday’s competition and among 10 athletes who didn’t finish the race. Two others were unable to start.
WATCH | Mowinckel captures Cortina downhill by 35-100ths of a second:
Norway’s Mowinckel captures 1st career World Cup downhill raceRagnhild Mowinckel of Norway claimed Saturday’s women’s World Cup downhill race at Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy with a winning time of 1:33.50.
The last six downhills have now been won by six different women: Kajsa Vickhoff Lie, Ilka Stuhec, Mikaela Shiffrin, Jasmine Flury, Goggia and Mowinckel.
Shiffrin is out of action for several days at least after crashing on Friday. Initial medical reports suggested that the holder of a record 95 World Cup wins avoided serious injury.
A women’s super-G is scheduled for Sunday. Live coverage begins at 4:30 a.m. ET on CBCSports.ca, the CBC Sports app and CBC Gem.
Wright airlifted from courseThere were more crashes on Saturday, with Shiffrin’s and Wiles’s teammate Bella Wright sustaining some bruises and a cut on her chin after she went down.
Wright was airlifted off the course but later returned to the finish area with bandages on her chin and in time to take part in the celebration for Wiles’ result.
“Just a little chin laceration, no biggie,” the U.S. Ski Team said on X with a photo of Wright giving a thumbs-up.
WATCH l Wright crashes hard in windy Cortina d’Ampezzo:
American Wright airlifted off Cortina d’Ampezzo downhill course after hard crashIsabella Wright of the USA crashed hard on a windy Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy World Cup downhill race course Saturday, and had to be removed by helicopter.
Racing was suspended several times for long periods as organizers waited for the wind to die down.
Goggia, who said she felt strong headwind during her run, was leading before a break of more than 20 minutes, after which Mowinckel and Wiles competed in calmer conditions.
Czech skier and snowboarder Ester Ledecka was the first racer on course and she pulled up shortly into her run after losing control just below where Shiffrin went out.
Kira Weidle and Joana Haehlen also fell, and Haehlen was carried away from the finish area with her entire right leg bandaged.
The race was eventually stopped with two skiers still to start after Ania Monica Caill of Romania went cartwheeling into the safety nets.
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Sofia Goggia excited to ski in Cortina d’Ampezzo despite rocky past thereThe Italian alpine skiing superstar joined Scott Russell on the third episode of Let’s Go Racing to talk about the upcoming speed events in her home country and who she is as a competitor.
With files from CBC Sports